I have 2 layers that I'm trying to join by location: 1 is a point layer (CRS 4326) and the other is a shapefile layer (CRS 4326). The shapefile layer has a field in the attribute table whose values I want assigned to the points that fall within/along the boundaries of their respective shapes. (i.e. each point is a lat/lon coordinate, and the shapefile layer is a bunch of property parcels--some of which contain the points).

But when I join them by location the output layer doesn't include any of the fields from the shapefile layer. I just get new fields with sum, mean, max, min etc.

Is there a way to make this happen? I've tried this with QGIS 2.18 and QGIS3 without success.

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Sounds like you are using "Join attributes by location (Summary)". Try "Join attributes by location" Since property parcels are probably not overlaping you can use one-to-one join type:

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If this does not work my guess would be there is something wrong with data and I suggest you browse through Q/A on this topic: https://gis.stackexchange.com/search?q=join+by+location.

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    Thanks Mat, selecting the "one-to-one" option when joining by location did the trick. I misunderstood what "take attributes of first located feature" meant and chose the "one-to-many" option on the first try.
    – gulfy
    Commented Jan 13, 2019 at 1:44

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